December 26, 2010

Top 250 wrap-up, part 5 of 20

Over the last three years, I’ve watched my way through the IMDb’s Top 250. Now I’m ranking those 314 movies (math is hard) from worst to best according to my “objective rating” system. And as a token adjustment for my glaring biases in grading the movies, ties are broken by favoring the ones I liked least.

Part 5 of 20: 2.3/4 (Okay)

#264. Duck Soup, Leo McCarey, 1933. Currently #226 on the IMDb.

#263. The Bourne Ultimatum, Paul Greengrass, 2007. Currently #165.

#262. Out of the Past, Jacques Tourneur, 1947. Currently off the list.

#261. Good Will Hunting, Gus Van Sant, 1997. Currently #195.

#260. It Happened One Night, Frank Capra, 1934. Currently #141.

#259. Great Expectations, David Lean, 1946. Currently off the list.

#258. Chinatown, Roman Polanski, 1974. Currently #68.

#257. Once, John Carney, 2006. Currently off the list.

#256. Lawrence of Arabia, David Lean, 1962. Currently #48.

#255. Requiem for a Dream, Darren Aronofsky, 2000. Currently #63.

#254. The 400 Blows, François Truffaut, 1959. Currently #197.

#253. The Best Years of Our Lives, William Wyler, 1946. Currently #169.

A few of these are very good, and of those that I didn't like, there are only two I wouldn't want to watch again: Lawrence of Arabia is too damn long to be considered for a second chance, and Requiem for a Dream, while it has many fine qualities, is too draining to see a second time.

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